Houston City Council Passes Budget, Closes $160 Million Deficit

By unanimous vote and in record time, Houston City Council approved Mayor Sylvester Turner’s first City budget.

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May. 25, 2016Houston Public Media

Houston City Council Passes Budget, Closes $160 Million Deficit

The $2.3 billion general fund budget closes a projected $160 million deficit.

The vote was unanimous and came only three hours after discussion started. Usually, talks take all day and often last into the night. Continue Reading »

May. 24, 2016Houston Chronicle

City housing director announces resignation

Houston’s oft-lauded housing director will resign his post after five years, he announced at a City Council committee today.

Neal Rackleff’s role as director of the Housing and Community Development Department began in January 2012. He had practiced law at Locke Lord for six years prior to that, specializing in economic development, affordable housing, and municipal and public law. Continue Reading »

May. 19, 2016Houston Chronicle

Seven points of conversation from Mayor Turner’s Houston mobility plan

The “paradigm shift” in transportation patterns that Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told state officials the city needs to remain competitive came a bit more into focus Tuesday, though its major points are more concept than concrete projects. Continue Reading »

May. 12, 2016Houston Public Media

What Ideas Does Houston’s New Flood Czar Have To Address Flooding?

Greater Houston has experienced three major floods in less than 12 months.

Following the latest “Tax Days Floods,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Steve Costello as “flood czar.” Continue Reading »